Guidelines for Training in Rapid Appraisal for Agroforestry Research and Extension

Amelioration Of Soil By Trees

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These guidelines are for training research and extension personnel in rapid appraisal methods for development of agroforestry in peasant land use systems. The guidelines are illustrated through reference to a training and research exercise where an agropastoral farming system in Shurugwi Communal Area, Zimbabwe was appraised in 1998.

Four key principles underlie the methods used:

• agroforestry interventions are identified and developed through working with and learning from farmers and the local community, as well as through conventional research assessment – “interactive research”

• interactive research is best learned through real application not lectures or classroom exercises and simulations – “learning by doing”

• “interdisciplinary” is a key to successful interactive research

• agroforestry interventions are developed from an understanding of constraints and conflicts existing within the rural community over access to production resources



Identification and Description of Potential Agroforestry Interventions

This step involves the identification and description of potential agroforestry interventions which ease the constraints and use the opportunities identified in Step III (Examples III(15) and (16)). This involves provisional selection of interventions, discussions with farmers, and the preparation of detailed descriptions, including research and extension needs. The interactions and complementarities among the potential interventions are also indicated.


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